I have just a basic TV antenna hooked up in my house. We have been completely happy with it but saw a need for an amplifier. I decided against my better judgement to grab an amp from Rat Shack and it seemed to have worked for one day but now is not working any longer. Now I have this small antenna installed in our attic and it was very hard to not notice how hot it was in there when I installed the amp. Not sure if that has anything to do with the current issue or not but figure its worth mentioning. Anyway I guess what I am looking for, or wanting to ask it this. What brands of TV antenna amps are of much better quality and will also be able to handle some of those tough environments. At the very most I may need to only support up to 4 TV's if that's of any importance. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.
Winegard. I've been using a UHF-only winegard preamp for about a decade. It makes a huge difference (I am about 50 miles from the xmitters).
And yes, the radio shack amp has likely polluted your antenna's signal. Especially if it's the one I've tried, which was more of an old-school NTSC distribution amp.
A pre-amp accepts a much lower input signal (too low for use) and should be placed at the antenna itself, while an amp amplifies an already useable signal for distribution among multiple TV sets or transmission over long cables or a combination of the two.